The House of Representatives reconvened on Monday, April 25 for a pro forma session and conducted legislative business for the remainder of the week. The Senate reconvened on Monday, April 25, and was in session through Thursday, April 28.
In the House of Representatives, a number of bills were considered under suspension of the rules, ranging from legislation that would further restrict the traveling of terrorist foreign fighters (H.R.4240, H.R.4698), a measure that would alter the process for recommending import tariffs that should be reduced as part of the miscellaneous tariff bill (H.R.4923), a measure that would provide companies with a private cause of action in cases where trade secrets are alleged to be stolen (S.1890), and a bill that would reauthorize school vouchers in D.C. (H.R.4901), among others. The House Armed Services Committee also held the marathon markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 17.
Senate lawmakers held two failed cloture votes on the Energy-Water appropriations measure (H.R.2028), dashing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dreams of a 12-week appropriations cycle this year. In addition, the Senate held a number of budget and appropriations-related hearings on topics ranging from the Pentagon’s budget to duplicative government programs, and even international funding priorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Senators are also looking for a path forward on funding to address the Zika virus this week.
The Senate is not is session next week and returns for legislative action on Monday, May 9. A cloture vote has been set, for a third time, on the substitute amendment that contains the text of the Senate’s fiscal 2017 Energy-Water spending bill for Monday, May 9.
The House of Representatives is not in session next week and returns for legislative action on Monday, May 9.
Saturday is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where the president will give a comedic address, and Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” is this year’s featured entertainer. The event funds a scholarship and awards banquet for the White House Correspondents’ Association, though it draws A-list guests from politics, entertainment and sports.